Plain Language Statement - HREC: 1237463.
Project Title: Identifying and Validating Factors that Assist in the Selection of Pre-Service Teachers

Dear Applicant,

You are invited to participate in the above research project, which is being conducted by Associate Professor Janet Clinton, Professor John Hattie, Professor Stephen Dinham and Dr Janet Scull of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne. The project has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee.

The aim of this study is to identify and validate factors related to effective selection of Pre-Service Teachers. Should you agree to participate, the information collected as part of this course application will be included in the research study. The collection of this application data would include the completion of a set of questionnaires at a time convenient to you. The questionnaires will ask you to rate a number of statements about yourself, along with completing mathematics and language tasks. In some circumstances, depending on the application process of your institution, you may be asked to participate in a short interview about your motivations for becoming a teacher. In addition, we may ask you to provide details of your previous academic performance. We estimate that the time commitment required of you would not exceed 1 & 3/4 hours. In future you will be invited to repeat the questionnaires. We will match your responses to indicators of performance including grade scores.

We intend to protect your anonymity and the confidentiality of your responses to the fullest possible extent, within the limits of the law. Your name and contact details will be kept in a separate, password-protected computer folder. This will only be able to be linked to your responses by the researchers, for example, in order to match any future information you provide with previous information. This future information may comprise class data collected routinely as part of assessment where no further consent will be requested from you. It may also involve follow up questionnaires or interviews with you for which you will be asked for additional consent to provide this future information at the time it is collected. All data presented in the final reports will be a combination of many individual responses and you will in no way be identified personally. The use of this data is for research purposes only and will not have any impact on your course progression or your relationship with the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.

Once this research has been completed, a brief summary of the findings will be available to you on application at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Results will be presented at academic conferences and published in academic journals. Higher Degree Research students will also be given access to the data you provide for future research projects. The data will be kept securely in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education for five years from the date of publication, before being destroyed.

Please be advised that by starting and completing this application, you are voluntarily consenting to participate in this research. Should you wish to withdraw at any stage, or to withdraw any unprocessed data you have supplied, you are free to do so without prejudice.

To withdraw your data from this research, please send an email to, with your full name, contact email and date of birth.

Should you require any further information, or have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the research coordinator, Associate Professor Janet Clinton: Should you have any concerns about the conduct of the project, you are welcome to contact the Manager, Human Research Ethics, The University of Melbourne, on ph: 8344 2073, or fax: 9347 6739.

If you would like to understand more about the research program, please go to

Kind Regards,
Associate Professor Janet Clinton

HREC: 1237463.5; Date: 20/05/2015; Version: 5

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